Rakim is a hip-hop artist whose name sits among the stars that made waves in hip-hop when he was a part of the duo, Eric B. and Rakim. He started his career way back in the 1980s and has ever since, made remarkable recordings with his music. The rapper has bagged quite a number of achievements and is currently a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Since his split from Eric B a long time ago, the two hip-hop kings are said to be making their way back together. Here is all to know about Rakim.
Rakim was born as William Micheal Griffin Jr on January 28, 1968, in Wyandanch, New York. He had a troubled childhood, he survived on the streets and has been an inmate on different occasions. When it comes to crime, his family is notorious, his father was imprisoned for a long time but later died while his older brother was shot dead on the street during one of his drug deals.
As a teen, Rakim lived an awful life, he sold drugs in order to fend for his family, nevertheless, after his older brother’s death, he turned a new leaf. Despite the bad influence, he learned from his older brother and father as he respected the two. Records have it that he learned how to compose messages from his brother and he also got inspired to be a rapper after his death.
He started his career in 1985 and took up the stage name, Kid Wizard. That same year, he recorded his first song live at Wyandanch High School. Rakim paired with Eric B that same year, they produced four studio albums throughout their partnership.
After his separation from Eric B, Rakim started out on his own and produced a soundtrack named Gunmen (1993). From 1993 to 1996, the rapper struggled with legal issues and was later able to close a deal with Universal Records where he recorded his first album titled The 18th Letter. The album was rated as the #4 on the Billboard 200 and RIAA certified it gold.
Come the year 2000, Rakim left the Universal Records and signed with the Aftermath Entertainment founded by DR Dre. His first album with the company was titled Oh My God but it never came to limelight. All through his stay with the record label, he appeared in various performances and tours.
Rakim decided to quit touring and focus more on live musicals, he later recorded his song The Seventh Seal in 2006 but it was released three years after. His next album was titled The Archive: Live, Lost $ Found (2008). On and on Rakim kept performing live shows and recording a few other raps. After 23 years of his separation from Eric B, the two announced their intents of coming back together where they would basically be performing live musical tours.
Rakim has made a huge fortune from his career as a rapper, however, he has done a few other jobs away from being a rapper. He has appeared as a guest in a few television specials including Def Poetry (2002), The Arts of 16 Bars: Get Ya’ Bars Up (2005), The MC: Why We Do It (2005), The Drop (2006), Ali Rap (2006) and more.
Rakim also earns a few pence as an MC, often times, he is regarded as one of the best MC’s in the world. Not forgetting that he is also a businessman, with all these sources of income, he is estimated to be worth $2 million.
Rakim’s accurate body measurements are off the records. A few guesses have been made by different websites. They have made variations ranging from 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet in height while for his weight, he is said to be between 70 kg and 74 kg.
As for AnswersAfrica, we would do an update on the correct details of his body measurements as soon as we get our hands on them.
Other Interesting Facts
- Personal Life
Rakim has a straight sexual orientation. He was once in a relationship with Nicole Smith. They never took their vows but they have a son together. Currently, he is said to be married to a lady named Felicia. The two met when they were still kids. Their union is blessed with three children – Destiny, Jabar, and Tahmell.
- Awards and Achievements
Rakim has bagged a lot of achievements, especially on the Billboard 200, he is also celebrated as one of the rare artists who has worked perfectly on their lyrical content.
As a child, Rakim was not introduced to any religion, the rate at which his family was trying to survive, religion was the least of their problems. However, at the age of 16, the rapper needed closure and decided to settle for Islam. He recognized with the religion and adopted the name, Rakim Allah.
Apart from his commitment to being a skilled rapper, he also does the job of an MC. He is a lover of football and is skilled at the game, he once said he wanted to be a footballer.